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Wiener, Gabriela 1975- (author.). Sanches, Julia, (translator.).

Summary: "An award-winning Peruvian journalist and writer delivers her stunning English breakthrough in an autobiographical novel that explores colonialism through one woman's family ties to both the colonized and colonizer. Alone in a museum in Paris, Gabriela Wiener confronts her complicated family heritage. She is visiting an exhibition of pre-Columbian artifacts, spoils of European colonialism, many stolen from her homeland of Peru. As she peers at countless sculptures of Indigenous faces, each resembling her own, she sees herself in them - but the man responsible for pillaging them was her own great-great-grandfather, Austrian colonial explorer Charles Wiener. In the wake of her father's death, Gabriela returns to Peru. In alternating strands, she begins to probe her father's infidelity, her own polyamorous relationship, and the history of her colonial ancestor, unpacking the legacy that is her birthright. From the eye-patched persona her father adopted to carry out his double life to the brutal racism she encounters in her ancestor Charles's book, she traces a cycle of abandonment, jealousy, and fraud, in turn reframing her own personal struggles with desire, love, and race. Probing wounds both personal and historical, Wiener's provocative novel embarks the reader on a quest to pick up the pieces of something shattered long ago in the hope of making it whole once again."--

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780063256712
  • ISBN: 9780063256729
  • ISBN: 0063256703 (trade paperback)
  • ISBN: 9780063256705 (trade paperback)
  • ISBN: 0063256681 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 9780063256682 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 183 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First HarperVia edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : HarperVia, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2023.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Originally published as Huaco retrato in Spain in 2022 by Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial."--Title page verso.
Language Note:
Translated from the Spanish.
Subject: Self-realization in women Fiction
Racism Fiction
Fathers and daughters Fiction
Racially mixed families Fiction
Racially mixed people Fiction
Wiener, Gabriela 1975- Fiction
Genre: Autobiographical fiction.

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